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Farigaig

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Towering trees, wonderful wildlife and spectacular views of Loch Ness’ south shore

Take to the trails at Farigaig to spot colourful wildflowers, butterflies and red squirrels, and for impressive views over Loch Ness and towards a dramatic rocky outcrop topped by the iron age fort of Dun Dearduil.

Wind your way to the viewpoints through a mix of broadleaf woodland – at its most vibrant in autumn – and conifers of all ages, including some soaring specimens by lovely Lochan Torr an Tuill. The forest here is a haven for red squirrels and badgers, as well as a host of woodland birds, and in summer dragonflies whizz across the water at the lochan. Take a look at our guide map to explore Farigaig and other forests in this stunning area.

Walking trails

Farigaig route card (PDF)

Walking

Lochan Tòrr an Tuill Trail

Climb steeply on the rocky shoulder of Spital of Boleskine for magnificent views of the ancient fort on Dun Dearduil, before continuing on to the hidden Lochan Tòrr an Tuill.

Section of rough and narrow earth path with muddy and rocky parts. Long steep slopes for up to half a mile.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km

Allow
1 hour

Activities

South Loch Ness Trail

Farigaig is a highlight along the South Loch Ness Trail, a 28 mile (45km) route linking Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus with Torbreck on the edge of Inverness. Most of the trail is easily accessible for walking, cycling and horse-riding and roughly follows the line of the historic General Wade’s Military Road along the loch shore.

More trails from Farigaig

There is a network of paths from the Farigaig car park as well as our waymarked trail, including a link over the hill to nearby Foyers. The Highland Council’s Paths around Foyers leaflet gives you more information.

Farigaig Circular

For a longer walk, try the Farigaig Circular - continue on past the lochan following the Trail of the 7 Lochs, cut across to the South Loch Ness Trail when you reach the main road and return via the forest road. If you’re short of time, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the scenery – the viewpoint at the start of the trail is a great place to take in the view.

Facilities and access

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Picnic area
Picnic area

There are public toilets, parking and places to eat and drink in nearby Foyers and Inverfarigaig.

Stay the night

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at this car park from 1 April – 31 October 2022.

To help plan your stay, please see the details below:

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 4
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
  • Parking notes – Please leave a 4m gap between other motorhomes. Ensure access to forest gates are unhindered.

Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.

Stay the night

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

Farigaig Forest is on the south side of Loch Ness, beside the B852 near Inverfarigaig.

From Inverness, take the B862 to Dores and then the B852 to Inverfarigaig. From Fort Augustus, take the B862 to Whitebridge and then the B852 via Foyers to reach Inverfarigaig.

At Inverfarigaig, look for the turning to Errogie, also marked with Forestry Commission signs to Farigaig. The car park is about 100 yards (100 metres) up this road on the right hand side.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: IV2 6XR

Public transport

There is an infrequent bus service between Inverness and Fort Augustus that stops at Inverfarigaig. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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